Council meeting can be really, really boring if you don't know what the council is voting on. If you have your own copy of the Metro Council agenda and the staff analysis the meetings are still boring, just not really, really boring.
There are 14 appointments of boards and commissions to be confirmed. Since the Council never rejects or questions anyone, all will be rapidly confirmed.
There are 14 resolution on the consent agenda. A resolution is put on the consent agenda if it is
- RESOLUTION NO. RS2014-1253 is part of the deal to build a new $35.5 million parking garage downtown. This resolution ups the price of the project to $42 million while reducing the number of parking spaces from 1183 to 1000. Still, the pro forma shows parking revenue should be sufficient to repay the bonds.
- RESOLUTION NO. RS2014-1254 appropriates $250,000 through a grant contract with Oasis Center to provide support for the Mayor’s Scholars Academy. The Scholars Academy is a free summer enrichment program to help students succeed in high school and
- RESOLUTION NO. RS2014-1265 approves an agreement to between the state department of transportation (TDOT) and the Metro Arts Commission for the installation of the sculpture called ''Stixs" at the new Korean Veterans roundabout. That is the new roundabout near the Music City Center where 8th and Murfressboro Road come together. I am not opposed to public art. However, I think $750.000 is a lot of money to pay for 30 painted telephone poles. Now I know some people don't like the
There are twelve bills on Second Reading and I don't find any of them of particular interest and don't see any of them as controversial.
There are seventeen bills on Third and final reading and only one of interest:
- BILL NO. BL2014-670 is
the Gulch pedestrian bridge bill. It authorizes the acquisition of
easements and right of ways to build the bridge. The bridge is already
in the capital improvement budget and funding is authorized, so if the
Council wants to delay or kill the $16 million bridge this is the
opportunity to do it. I am not opposed to the project. I think it would
be nice addition to the growing downtown. However, given that we have
failed to build very many new sidewalks in residential neighborhoods and
given the cumulative debt the city has taken on, I think this project
should be put on hold maybe until after the next mayor is elected. The
funding mechanism the mayor has proposed is Tax Increment Financing. TIF
pays off the debt for the project with increased revenue generated by
development attributable to the project. We often finance projects like
this. In some cases the increased revenue would certainly not have
occurred had not the project occurred. In the case of the pedestrian
bridge that is a hard argument to make. If financed by TIF, the debt
for the project will be paid
The Gulch Pedestrian Bridge
- RESOLUTION NO. RS2014-1252
request President Obama and Congress "to select
- RESOLUTION NO. RS2014-1268 A resolution requesting the Davidson County Delegation to the Tennessee General Assembly to introduce and support the necessary legislation to allow the Metropolitan Council to make Metropolitan Government General Sessions Court judicial elections nonpartisan. I am not sure how I feel about this. I would have to think about it. Republicans did not succeed in getting any of their nominees elected last time, and I am almost certain that some of the elected judges are Democrat in name only, so this may be good idea. Also, Council and Mayor run as non-partisan candidates, so why not candidates for judge?